Three Looks: Elizabeth Schneider of Sequins and Stripes

For much of the northern hemisphere, March is a tricky time of year. Spring clothes fill the stores even though winter’s chill hasn’t quite said goodbye. This intermittent duel between bright sunshiney afternoons and the occasional yet half-expected snowfall makes dressing for work, weekends, and date nights especially tricky. Fortunately, Chicago-based fashion stylist Elizabeth Schneider is no stranger to the season’s temperamental temperatures, so we’ve asked her how to incorporate spring trends into styles that will keep you warm on the cooler days.

*scroll through the slideshow to view details from all three looks

Because brightly colored trouser pants are a huge trend for spring, I decided to grab an affordable style from Old Navy in royal blue and pair them with a camel, faux fur-collared coat and details that pack a punch. The leopard bag from one of my favorite budget-friendly Chicago boutiques, Francesca’s, adds pattern to an otherwise neutral outfit, and the fuchsia leather gloves are a fun twist on a timeless classic. And because The Everygirl wants to look like a stylish lady working at her dream job (even if that’s not the case), I went with a shiny metallic top paired with not one, but two statement necklaces. I’ve found that sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone is the easiest way to appear effortlessly styled. Finally, I completed the look with my Dolce Vita booties, which are my go-to heel for cold weather. Not only do they look chic, but they are comfortable, affordable, and warm!

I don’t know what it is, but a form-fitting button-down always makes me feel dressed up even when I’m just running errands or walking my pup Webster near the lake. This plaid option from J.Crew is cute and comfortable, making it the perfect piece for a relaxed afternoon outdoors. Sometimes it is hard to find a coat that works for both day and night, work and play, and because I love the look of a duffle coat, I decided to save with this affordable option from Forever 21. I threw on my favorite yellow pashmina that I picked up in Charleston, South Carolina for $7 and my trusty Hunter wellies, and this preppy look sort of created itself!

The inspiration for this fun date look was the ever-popular color-blocking, which we are seeing more and more frequently in magazines, on store mannequins, and out and about on city streets. I honestly believe that one bold color paired with another is always appropriate, and for some reason always works, especially when ice skating amid a sea of black winter coats! Because it is still winter in Chicago, I based this outfit around my sunny yellow BB Dakota coat which exemplifies a unique take on the military trend. If you’re not used to wearing color, I highly recommend investing in a bright coat. I promise you it will be your most complimented piece of clothing! My Mr. Fox sequin sweater acted as my main accessory, which paired perfectly with a bright fuchsia skirt and added an element of whimsy. Sometimes a few simple details can take a typical day outfit into the perfect date outfit!